Research Ethics Committees

The committee structure for ethical review consists of the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC), which reports to the University Court, and three cross-faculty Research Ethics Committees (RECs) which report directly to UREC.  The three RECs and their areas of responsibility are:

Animal Welfare and Ethical Review Body (AWERB) - for research involving animals in any way (all non-human vertebrates and invertebrates).

NHS, Invasive or Clinical Research (NICR) - for any health/patient research requiring approval by the NHS Research Ethics Committee and/or taking place with NHS staff or on NHS premises; any health/patient research taking place in health service settings in other countries; and for all research involving physically invasive procedures or intrusive interventions on human participants.

General University Ethics Panel (GUEP) - for all other research (health, social, digital, environmental etc.).

Appeals Process

An appeal can be made against REC decisions. In the first instance, the applicant should appeal the decision with the Chair of the REC who will review the reasoning for the decision and allow the applicant to present further arguments in favour of the proposal, with agreement from the Deputy Chair the initial decision may be altered. If the issue cannot be satisfactorily resolved at the REC level, the matter may be referred to the UREC. 

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